Author Archives: Brook Hines

The simple decision Democrats must make in order to win again

A few weeks ago the new president of the Florida Democratic Party, Sally Boynton Brown, caught some flak when she told a group of progressives that changes in store for the party include messaging that makes a conscious appeal to emotion, and rigorous script testing, likely through soft polling and focus groups. The problem as […]

PODCAST: UK election special

Listen here: Kartik and Brook discuss the UK election, with KK taking the lead, as the Florida Squeeze resident expert on UK politics. This election could be interesting as “Teresa May is making Hillary Clinton’s campaign look good by comparison.”   UK Election Special on Libsyn     SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave

The hidden danger in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit

If you’re following the DNC Fraud Lawsuit closely then you might, from time to time, feel like Debbie Wasserman Schultz cheated Bernie Sanders. And she did. In numerous ways, as the chair of the party, she is in fact the person most responsible for the way the DNC mishandled the primary, which led directly to […]

DNC Fraud Lawsuit: examining the bizarre phone call with Debbie Wasserman Schultz district office on caller-ID

The latest wrinkle in the still oddly underreported DNC fraud lawsuit is spooky, weird, and yet possibly also incredibly lame. Late last week, the law firm for the suit’s plaintiffs filed a notice with the the court that it had received an anonymous call from someone using an electronic voice-disguising gadget, seeking information about the class action lawsuit alleging fraud […]

Woke Republicans to the rescue?

An essay published in Politico by former Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson describes how the Democratic Party plans to win following the 2016 debacle: move rightward toward Romney Democrats. Ferguson builds his house on a rotten foundation, claiming without irony “the Beltway has a fetish” for “the working-class community.” Really, how much time does your average DC […]

Is Trump’s supervillain-crush on Philippine president Duterte greased by real estate deal?

The Intercept is reporting on an apparent leaked phone call of Donald Trump to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, praising him for an “unbelievable job” on Duterte’s claimed war on drugs, which has reportedly amounted to the extra-judicial killings of some 7,000 citizens. Trump initiated the call, gushing approval at Duterte, telling him, “You are a good man,” “Keep up […]

Florida Squeeze Pod: FDP President says poor (white) folks don’t vote issues

You’ve read the articles, now hear the Squeeze Pod. Kartik and Brook discuss the deeper issues implied by a campaign season set to ignore issues that matter to voters. Is the problem simply one bad facts and bad reasoning? Or, are there more pernicious reasons for party elites to eschew issue that move the base? Does […]